Take climate action

 

Draft Climate Emergency Plan

Yarra Council was one of the first councils to declare a climate emergency, acknowledging the magnitude of the crisis and the urgent action needed to avoid catastrophic climate-related impacts. Our planet’s climate is already too hot, with dangerous heatwaves, fires, droughts and storms becoming more intense and destructive.

In response, we're accelerating our climate action and stepping up the way we work with our community to do the same. Our first Draft Climate Emergency Plan, developed in consultation with our community, sets out our priorities and proposed actions for the next four years. We're now receiving community feedback on the draft plan.

View our Draft Climate Emergency Plan and provide written feedback online by Sunday 9 February. 

Drop by to chat to us about the plan and provide feedback at:
• Gleadell St Market, Richmond, Saturday 14 December, 7.30 to 9.30am
• Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers Market, Saturday 14 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm
• Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, Tuesday 14 January - 11am to 1pm

Or attend our public consultation session:
• Fitzroy Town Hall, Wednesday 5 February, 6 to 8pm. Please book in for this session so we can estimate numbers.

To keep up to date with the development of this plan and other sustainability and environmental actions in Yarra, sign up to our Yarra Environment e-newsletter.

Take climate action by going solar

In the face of climate emergency, you can immediately cut your carbon emissions by switching to renewable energy.

Our town halls, libraries, leisure centres, children’s centres and all council buildings are powered by 100% renewable electricity and we’re urging more residents and business to install rooftop solar.

We’ve partnered with the energy experts at Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) to offer you high quality, affordable solar systems. You may even be eligible for a $2,225 rebate from the Victorian government.

YEF can give you free advice and a tailored, obligation-free quote.

Find out more and register your interest.

This initiative is part of our response to the global climate emergency.

Yarra Energy Foundation

The Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) is supported by Yarra City Council and are your local, independent, not-for-profit energy experts. In addition to assisting with solar advice, YEF can help with practical steps to reduce your emissions and improve the energy efficiency of your home and business.

Draft Climate Emergency Plan

Yarra Council was one of the first councils to declare a climate emergency, acknowledging the magnitude of the crisis and the urgent action needed to avoid catastrophic climate-related impacts. Our planet’s climate is already too hot, with dangerous heatwaves, fires, droughts and storms becoming more intense and destructive.
In response, we're accelerating our climate action and stepping up the way we work with our community to do the same. Our first Draft Climate Emergency Plan, developed in consultation with our community, sets out our priorities and proposed actions for the next four years. We're keen to know what you think.our first Climate Emergency Plan.

To keep up to date with the development of this plan and other sustainability and environmental actions in Yarra, sign up to our Yarra Environment e-newsletter.

 

On Thursday 4 April 2019, we hosted a Climate Emergency Forum at Richmond Town Hall, with 150 people attending to hear expert speakers on the latest climate science and the health implications. Download the two presentations below.

Get involved with Yarra Climate Action Now

Yarra Climate Action Now (YCAN) is a local climate action group made up of people who want to see much stronger action on climate change. They are an independent community group that connects hundreds of people. Contact YCAN today.

Energy Saver

The Victorian Government's Energy Saver website is packed with tips to save energy at home and take charge of your power bills, including rebates worth thousands of dollars.

Measure your footprint

You can use the Australian Greenhouse Calculator to take a look at your own carbon footprint, and identify areas you could focus on to reduce your carbon emissions.